Golden Lions vs Free State
Western Province vs Blue Bulls
It’s a talking point for sure. Western Province u21 173 Eastern Province u21 0! More importantly what are SARU planning to do about it. Highlights video: https://youtu.be/Vu2OdIiBXqY
In other news more vital to the Championship semi-final race, the Sharks played really well to beat Free State 44-28 in a crucial battle for fourth place. Having started the round on 12 points apiece, the Sharks deservedly collected a full-house of 5 points to move up to 17 on the log. The Sharks however allowed Free State to score two late tries while a Sharks player was in the sinbin. That invaluable fourth try bonus point effectively handed a big advantage Free State’s way. Free State moved to 13 points on the log, just 4 behind the Sharks. Heading into next weekend’s final round, Free State are home against the hapless Eastern Province team and should be able to secure a greater than 100 point win and possibly more importantly a maximum of 5 match points to finish their regular season on 18 points. That means the Sharks, who realistically need 2 points to hang onto a semi-final place, will have to pull out all the stops to achieve that goal or better yet a win against the Lions in Jozi. The Lions themselves have everything to play for as anything less than a win against the Sharks, could see Western Province overtake them on the log, meaning the Lions would lose out on a home semi-final spot. The Bulls who have a bye coming up, have already secured a home semi-final. With the Western Province senior Currie Cup team playing so well, pundits are indirectly suggesting that this year’s junior finals will take place in Cape Town on 27 October 2018.